Sun Valley to
abuzz following snows
Express Staff Writer
first time in recent memory, Sun Valley is planning to kick off the
winter ski season before the resortís traditional Thanksgiving Day
Hundreds of eager skiers and snowboarders made the hike up Warm Springs to get some early season turns in. On the way down the mountain, some enthusiasts, below, took to the air.
Express photo by Willy Cook
early snows and cold temperatures combined to enable the resort to open
lifts Nov. 26, two days earlier than planned. The mountain is topped
with 21 inches of natural snow and snowmaking efforts are adding to the
combined base at Bald Mountainís summit is 26 inches, Sun Valley
plans are to open at least Lower River Run, Lookout Express and
Challenger," Sun Valley Co. General Manager Wally Huffman said.
opening will include top-to-bottom access on both sides of Baldy,
including skiing on Upper College, Roundhouse Lane, Mid and Lower River
Run, Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo Street and Lower Warm Springs.
and Warm Springs day lodges are both scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Nov.
Dollar Lift and Dollar Cabin on Dollar Mountain are scheduled to open
Nov. 27 and remain open through Dec. 1. Dollar is scheduled to reopen
photo by Willy Cook
Mountain Resort, south of Burley, was Idahoís first ski area to open
this season. Area manager Jody Burrows said the Nov. 14 opening was
slightly ahead of last year, but average for most seasons.
year, the mountain opened Nov. 23, compared with Nov. 10 in 2000.
is pretty typical. Mid-November is when we try to open. We have opened
as early as Halloween before," Burrows said. "We donít want
to miss Thanksgiving. Itís a big weekend for us."
boasts a 17-inch base, Burrows said.
the eastern Idaho border at Alta, Wyo., Grand Targhee Ski and Summer
Resort was opened Nov. 16 for a season sweetener, and is scheduled to
reopen for full operation Friday. Targhee reports 40 inches on its upper
Colorado ski resorts are wallowing in unprecedented early fluff.
lifts ferrying skiers a month ahead of usual, the stateís ski resorts
are relishing a quick start to a season they hope could bring Colorado
back to its heydays of nearly 12 million annual skiers.
a beautiful thing," Vail Resorts chief operating officer Bill
Jensen told the Denver Post. "We have the fuel to create the buzz
and create the excitement in all our markets across the globe. The
earlier the snow falls, the easier it is to do that."
opened Nov. 22 with nearly 2,000 acres available to skiers, including
almost the entire front side of its mountain and Sun Up and Sun Down
bowls on the back side.